“New French Shorts 2016,” a sampler of new Gallic cinema presented by IFC Center and UniFrance films, is screened Wednesday, January 27 at 8:00pm. Now in its fourth year, this edition of the showcase boasts a selection of comedy, drama and animation, including films from Cannes, Venice and Sundance, the winner of the Best International Short at the Toronto International Film Festival and a current Academy Award nominee. The program also highlights the international diversity of contemporary French cinema, spotlighting co-productions with Turkey and Israel and films shot in Italian, Turkish, Hebrew, English, Arabic and other languages (all films are screened with English subtitles).
The complete lineup runs 99 minutes and includes:
E.T.E.R.N.I.T. (dir. Giovanni Aloi, 14 min.) Official selection: Venice Film Festival. A Tunisian immigrant working in Italy finally receives the visas that will allow his family to join him, but faces a difficult choice.
TUESDAY (Sali, dir. Zaya Demirel, 12 min.) Official selection: Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival. On an ordinary day, a teenage girl in Istanbul has memorable encounters with three different men as she goes to school, plays basketball and takes a bus home.
MOTHER(S) (Maman(s), dir. Maïmouna Doucouré, 21 min.) Winner: Best International Short, Toronto International Film Festival; Official selection: Sundance Film Festival. An Eight-year old’s family is thrown into chaos when her father returns from Senegal with a young woman he introduces as his second wife.
MONSTERS TURN INTO LOVERS (Jeunesse des loups garous, dir. Yann Delattre, 23 min.) Official selection: Critics Week, Cannes Film Festival. Julie is trudging through life with a disappointing job and a terrible boyfriend. But Sébastien is determined to change her fate.
AVE MARIA (dir. Basil Khalil, 15 min.) Academy Award Nominee, Best Live-Action Short Film; Official selection: Cannes Film Festival. In the West Bank, five nuns have their vows of silence disturbed when an Israeli family’s car breaks down right outside their convent.
SUNDAY LUNCH (animated, dir. Céline Devaux, 14 min.) Official selection: Cannes Film Festival. Like every Sunday, Jean goes to his parents’ for lunch for another round of pointless questions and bad advice.